Your skilled, you have proven your sector skills to your managers and peers, you have worked hard to get where you are. The next step up in the rung of career ladder is your progression into a management role. However the first steps into management, is often a daunting and challenging experience. New managers need to develop quickly a new clutch of skills sets, to ensure successful transition.
A key mistake that most new managers are prone to falling into is to continue to do it all themselves. As an employee you are more task focussed, you have a list of jobs to do which is your main responsibility to accomplish and shapes your day. As a manager you will need to learn quickly to delegate work and to let go of what you used to do, often with great competency and develop the art of effective delegation, which requires a new skill set.
The What, How, Who, of effective delegation:
What – you will need to review the tasks to have a clear picture of what needs to be done overall to accomplish objectives, and optimize the business and individual performance.
Who - Once you have a clear understanding of what is required to be done, you will need to allocated projects/tasks based on level of skill and competency required to complete successfully.
How – it is important that when taking on board the skills and competence of staff members, that you provide appropriate instructions and what you consider to be the expected outcomes. Direction should be appropriate to who you are delegating, and should be empowering so that their potential to execute a task/project is maximized.
In the long term as a new manager it is well worth the investment in the long term to ensure that time and effort is put into the training and development of staff, and ensuring that they feel empowered to take on the task that they are assigned, which in essences ensures that the your team is able to increase levels of effective performance.
In a nutshell …………..LEARN TO LET GO!